AC Offering Tuition Discount to Michigan Teachers in Masters Program

ADRIAN — Michigan teachers can receive financial support from Adrian College as they continue their education.

The college has created what it calls a “teacher deserve a break discount program,” according to an AC press release. Teachers can enroll in the program if they are part of AC’s Masters in Teacher Education program.

The discount program offers Michigan K-12 teachers and administrators the opportunity to pay only 50% of college tuition and up to 18 graduate credits with the discount, at no additional cost. The master’s program in teacher education is a 30-credit program, according to the release.

“We recognize that teachers need to further their education and sometimes getting an advanced degree can be financially out of reach for many teachers,” said Dawn Milner, director of the CA Institute for Education, in the communicated. “We wanted to provide an opportunity that was affordable. The more we can help prepare teachers, the better they can be in the classroom, which means our students are better off as a result.

“If we want teachers to be able to stay on the job, be up to date, and have best practices at their fingertips, we need to make it easy and affordable.”

Teachers will come to Adrian College to take one or two courses in order to renew their license or obtain the full diploma. A subset of these teachers will begin classes and eventually continue their training. The Masters in Teacher Education program is completely online and classes are held during the summer, fall, and spring. Due to its online convenience, students have enrolled in the program from all over the United States and other countries.

“Our goal is to help teachers understand how this investment of time and energy right now, in a time when they are being pulled in so many different directions, is really worth it,” said Christine Knaggs, Principal graduate studies from Adrian College. “If we can lower the cost barrier, that’s one way to entice teachers to come to us.”

Christine Knaggs is the Director of Graduate Studies at Adrian College.

Due to the many adjustments made to education to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement said, teachers are continually rethinking ways to reach and educate students. Standard teaching practices have been adapted, new technologies have been integrated into the classroom, and teaching lessons include social-emotional learning.

“Any time you can continue to hone your craft, gain more skills, and deepen your knowledge and understanding, it will only make you a better educator in the classroom,” Milner said. “It takes the knowledge a teacher already has and adds to that depth of experience.”

AC is adding additional programs to its offerings, including Reading Specialist endorsement. The Department of Teacher Education focuses on the hot topics teachers need, incorporating social-emotional learning lessons and a physical education lesson to include a health component.

“Depending on where teachers teach, they may not receive (financial) support to pursue higher education,” Knaggs said. “It allows us to do our part to help teachers make it affordable so they can pursue a master’s degree. The more educated they are, the better our profession becomes.

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